Stephen Colbert mentioned the billionaire race to area on Tuesday night, after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and three others shot into area on a phallic-shaped Blue Origin rocket. “I suppose it’s true what they are saying – billionaires and their rockets find yourself trying similar to one another,” the Late Present host joked.
Earlier than the launch, Bezos informed reporters: “I don’t know the way it’s going to alter me, however I do know it’s going to.” Bezos exited the spacecraft … sporting a cowboy hat. “So he went into area and in some way grew to become additional divorced,” Colbert mused.
“Now all day, the information networks coated this breathlessly,” he continued. “It was all billed like some kind of massive, official, necessary factor. It’s not. It’s enjoyable, I like area journey, good for them. But it surely’s not necessary.
“Right here’s how I do know it’s not necessary: I hosted the final one in every of these, for Branson,” he added, referring to his episode this month with the British billionaire who additionally grazed area on a business rocket. “A whole lot of enjoyable, however talk-show hosts don’t anchor necessary historic occasions.”
Colbert then turned to Bezos’s feedback after the area journey: “I wish to thank each Amazon worker, and each Amazon buyer, since you guys paid for all this.”
“It’s humorous as a result of he doesn’t pay taxes, or his workers,” Colbert mentioned.
Colbert additionally addressed anti-vax propaganda on Fox Information, after one former govt informed the New York Occasions that the community has “contributed considerably and straight” to the “pointless deaths of many Individuals by fueling hesitation and doubt” in regards to the security of vaccines. “Effectively, it’s no shock. It’s proper there in Fox Information’s slogan: ‘We report. You simply died,’” Colbert joked.
“However Fox tries to go off their anti-vax segments as being about freedom,” Colbert added, pointing to a section by Fox & Associates host Brian Kilmeade by which he defended unvaccinated individuals who selected to defy masks mandates. “Should you didn’t get a vaccination, that’s your selection,” Kilmeade mentioned, simply because it was a option to go cliff-jumping. “Effectively, that analogy does work,” mentioned Colbert, “in case you first strap that cliff jumper to a bunch of outdated folks.”
“First Branson, now Bezos, and tomorrow Warren Buffet is gonna attempt to rise up there with balloons just like the outdated man from Up,” joked Jimmy Fallon of the Amazon founder’s journey to area.
The Tonight Present host additionally poked enjoyable at Bezos’s cowboy hat. “I suppose area turns you into Kenny Chesney?” he mentioned. “You already know you’re wealthy once you put that on and everybody who works for you goes, ‘Oh, appears to be like nice! You’re a person of the folks simply going to area.
“He appears to be like like a mashup between Buzz Lightyear and Woody,” Fallon added. “He obtained the spacesuit and cowboy hat collectively by trying to find the midlife disaster bundle.”
As for the phallic form of the rocket, Fallon and his co-hosts had a litany of jokes, reminiscent of: “it’s the one rocket that shrinks within the chilly”, “they designed it on the Johnson area heart”, “it appears to be like like R2D2 took some Viagra”, “proper after the launch the rocket goes into sleep mode” and “it appears to be like like somebody undid their asteroid belt”.
And on Late Evening, Seth Meyers additionally mentioned the Bezos rocket launch. “I’m unsure what they used to gas the rocket, however primarily based on the design, I’m gonna say 2D batteries,” he joked.
In the meantime, coronavirus circumstances are growing in each state, and “in case you’re going to insist on not getting vaccinated and prolonging the pandemic, we’re beginning jokes over from the start”, Meyers threatened over a really 2019 pun of coronavirus with Corona beers.
With the circumstances rising, predominantly amongst unvaccinated folks, “the one factor extra harmful than Covid is Carole Baskin”, he added.
And Fox Information host Sean Hannity informed viewers this week to take coronavirus severely. “July 2021, proper on time,” Meyers deadpanned. “It’s like if immediately I requested if anybody’s heard of Lizzo.”